Christian apologist Frank Turek recently laid out the case for why he believes atheists who call themselves “freethinkers” cannot actually be free thinkers in the practical sense of the term.
Turek posted a video to his Facebook page this week that included a clip of Lawrence Krauss and Richard Dawkins questioning the reality of freewill. Then, Turek launched into his arguments against the materialist worldview.
“You go to a college campus — you’ll find a freethinker club … there’s just one problem with the freethinker club,” he said. “There’s no ‘free’ and there’s no ‘thinking’ going on if we’re just made of molecules.”
The apologist went on to argue that if people do not, in fact, have free will as some atheists argue, then they’re not really thinking; instead, they’re merely reacting to what’s happening before and to them.
“It defeats any idea that we’re really reasonable thinkers,” he said of the atheist worldview, noting that every response in the materialist worldview “is the result of physics.” “Do you see the problem with materialism? This is what atheists believe today.”
Turek also charged that some atheists even believe that “consciousness is an illusion” and argued that many of their arguments are strange in that they seem to “exempt themselves from their own theories.”
“Half of what you need to know to know that Christianity is true and to point out that … other worldviews are false is you need to point out, you need to be able think about the law of noncontradiction, how to identify self-defeating statements,” he said. “And atheists have self-defeating statements everywhere.”
Watch Turek break it all down below: